Over 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, unemployment is rampant, and the greatest cities in the country are burning as protestors and police clash over the recent murder of George Floyd.
Meanwhile, President Trump is completely absent on the national stage, sending out sporadic tweets and refusing to address the nation the way a real leader should. Yesterday, the man whose entire presidential brand is built around a “tough guy” persona grew so afraid of the protests that he actually retreated to the presidential bunker for a while.
Meanwhile, state and local officials are struggling to strike a balance between respecting the protestors’ constitutional right to gather with the desire to limit property damage and fires. The police are consistently making matters worse by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at peaceful demonstrators and even running them down with vehicles in some situations. The powder keg is fizzling and the president lacks the courage to do anything.
Instead, Trump is trying to shunt the blame for this crisis onto others. Leaked audio from a conference call between Trump and several governors and mayors this morning shows the president calling these officials “weak” and demanding that they due more to quell the growing unrest and “dominate” the protestors. It was the pathetic rhetoric of a man incapable and unwilling to lead and proved once again how unfit for office Donald Trump really is.
Now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), a woman who has been targeted by the president in the past, is speaking out over Trump’s unhinged phone call. She released a statement denouncing his language in no uncertain terms and slammed his lack of leadership during “one of the darkest periods in our lifetimes.”
Whitmer urged Americans to heed the words of former President Obama, who released an essay outlining how this current moment can be harnessed to facilitate real change. She also made it clear that Trump is making matters worse right now.
“Instead of offering support or leadership to bring down the temperature at protests, President Trump told governors to ‘put it down’ or we would be ‘overridden.’ He said governors should ‘dominate’ protesters, ‘or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks,’” Whitmer said in her statement. “The president repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic.”
The governor went on to accuse Trump of spreading division. She called for the country to come together (which is something the president himself should be doing).
“The president’s dangerous comments should be gravely concerning to all Americans, because they send a clear signal that this administration is determined to sow the seeds of hatred and division, which I fear will only lead to more violence and destruction,” said Whitmer. “We must reject this way of thinking. This is a moment that calls for empathy, humanity, and unity.”
Now, more than ever we need more leaders like Whitmer and far fewer like Trump.
Gov. Whitmer: "The president's dangerous comments should be gravely concerning to all Americans, because they send a clear signal that this administration is determined to sow the seeds of hatred and division, which I fear will only lead to more violence and destruction."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 1, 2020
At this point, the best thing that Trump can do for his country is resign immediately.
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